Bike and wine: Bolgheri cycling tour
An incredibly varied tour that links two very different parts of Tuscany: the Chianti area and the Mediterranean coast. Both produce famous wines: Chianti, one of the oldest wines of Tuscany and Sassicaia, possibly the most expensive wine in Italy, which the produce of the creative spirit of our peoples. Can be done as an escorted group or as a self guided tour.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCycling Holidays
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
> San Gimignano and Volterra
> Bolgheri Wines
> Castagneto Carducci
> Etruscan Necropolies
HOW DOES IT WORK:
We transfer your luggage
Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.
We book your hotels
We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels orxb&b or country Inns.
We supply detailed route notes and maps
At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German and GPS maps
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
- All accommodation including tea houses en route
- All transportation including taxis and coaches
- Flights from Heathrow if booked inc. of flight
- Tour and trekking guide for entire journey
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Single room accommodations
- Liquors, beeers and bootled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
ARRIVAL IN POGGIBONSI
Day 1 – Arrival and settling in
Arrival in Poggibonsi, where you will be met by our representative who will drive you to your villa in in San Gimignano which is a Vernaccia producing agriturismo.
Day 2 – San Gimignano /Colle Vald’Elsa/San Gimignano – Km 45
Departing from your villa, first you encounter Colle Val d’ Elsa and its glass blowing artisans, then the fortified town of Monteriggioni, its round distinctive shape dominating the surrounding plain; return to San Gimignano with its towers the visit of which will request a certain time and a couple of hours of window shopping . Aperitif with Vernaccia at a nearby agriturismo. Supper at your villa.
Day 3 – Volterra – Km 35
Today we start our way towards the sea with a first stop in Volterra, a beautiful town often forgotten; the main production is alabaster which you will find in an unbelievable number of shapes in the many boutique of the town centre. Along the way we will stop for an oil tasting light/ lunch at a oil mill “Frantoio” . Supper and night in town
WINE ROUTES – BOLGHERI
Day 4 – Bolgheri – Km 49
The landscape changes and become more rugged while we pass the hills that bar the road to the sea. Along the way we will stop at a wine producing farm for a tasting /lunch before starting our descent. The landscape changes again and we find new vineyards. Soon we catch the first glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea. Night and supper in a superb property
Day 5: La Bandita – Castagneto Carducci – Bolgheri – La Bandita – Km 28
Altitude: 170 mt – Level: easy. It’s a very interesting route which allows you to discover the Bolgheri shire and its vineyards with its famous wines, possibly the most expensive Italian wines, Sassicaia. During your excursion discover Bolgheri medieval center and its castle where we have a wine tasting lunch that will surprise you. Their red wine is superb! Same accommodation
THE OLD AURELIA ROAD
Day 6 : La Bandita – Accattapane – Poggio Rosso – 25 Km
Day of transfer by bike from your villa to a wine producing resort t through the Wine Routes of Val di Cornia . After passing San Vincenzo continue for few kilometres “the Vecchia Aurelia” to proceed to the
Accattapane. Enjoy the typical Tuscan countryside among vineyards and centuries old olive trees.
Altitude: insignificant – Level: medium
BARATTI AND POPULONIA
Day 7: Poggio rosso – Baratti e Populonia – San Vincenzo – Km 39
A route to discover the secrets of the Etruscans the mysterious inhabitants of this area before the Romans. It is an amazing road that links Populonia to the sea, with views over the Gulf of Baratti and the village itself. Beside the Etruscan archaeological site that you can visit, Populonia main road is lined with small, artisan’s shops selling typical products, restaurants and of course a cafès.
Possible transfer to Pisa airport.
Price per groups vary according to number of people and type of accommodation